Rants, Raves, and Whitterbug!

It’s been a super crazy week for me, and that is an understatement. It occurred to me earlier today that I haven’t shared anything on my blog since the weekend. I always have a lot to say, just not always the time to say it. (Yes, I have been whelmed, if you are wondering). Instead of posting multiple entries for all of the things I usually wrap a week up with, I decided to combine them into this post. So what if this blog post ends up being a little all over the place….it’s my blog, and I can do what I want. Besides, I am a little all over myself, so I guess this is fitting.

RANT OF THE WEEK
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I can’t help it…there are two big ones I have this week.

Rant #1: Illness. Why do bad things have to happen to good people? All week long I have been struggling with the issues going on with my grandmother. I’m learning that dealing with an illness head on is very difficult, especially when there is nothing I can do to help the person suffering. It’s only human nature to want to do everything you can for someone in need. Not being able to is a very helpless struggle, that is for sure. My eyes are tired from all of the tears, otherwise I’d go in more detail. Please just keep my Grandma Rosie in your prayers.

Rant #2: People in the Healthcare field that hate people! As I type this, I am getting fired up just thinking about it. Now, this rant is something I complain about often…it seems like so many people hate their jobs and hate people in general, then take it out on their clients/customers. I found a prime example of this earlier in the week while visiting my Grandma in the hospital. One of her nurses took the term grumptastic to a new level. I understand we all have bad days at work, but it was apparent this woman was miserable by nature. She was whiny and extremely rude, which in turn angered me. There my grandmother is, 90 years old…very shaken up and afraid…and the person who is supposed to take care of her and comfort her is being an absolute bitch. Forgive me, nurse, but I thought you were paid to take good care of my loved one? As I said on Facebook, this woman needs to get a job in a factory or at home where she is responsible for dealing with the manufacturing of plastic pieces only. I’m hoping I don’t see her again, but if I do, I can promise you I won’t go so quietly should the same treatment happen. Moral of the story: If you like people, work with them. If you don’t, get a new freakin job! This goes for nurses, teachers, McDonald’s drive-thru people who can’t make coffee right, and individuals who sell shoes.

RAVE OF THE WEEK

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School is Done! Well, at least for two days. I successfully completed my finals for school!!!! Woohoo! I am really proud of myself and am really happy to have a few days off. I must say, going back to school when you work full time is really hard. When I went back to school to get my Masters Degree, I was fresh off my undergraduate degrees and still focused on balancing work/school. I have such a new appreciation for people (especially single parents) who go to school full time while working. Thank heavens the school madness ends in August…it will be here soon!

OTHER THINGS I WANT TO TALK ABOUT

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Another difficult thing I have learned over the past year is how difficult it is living far away from your family when something rough happens. I tend to become very nomadic, practically living out of my car driving to and from one place to the other. I hate not being with them in a time of need. I am so fortunate to have friends near me who pick me up and have my back when my family can’t. Friends really are the family you choose.

My friend, Whitney, is one of my absolute closest friends and one of the most amazing women I know. I still remember the first time we hung out…at the ghetto fab Wal-Mart in Fairlawn. What a great first date!!!! I met Whit through her husband, Ryan, who had just started working with me. Once Ryan and I realized we both found farts to be extremely humorous, we knew we would be great friends. As our company Christmas party approached, Ryan offered to let me get ready at his house since I was still living in Youngstown and had no where to really go in between work and the party. However, this timeframe interfered with the Halo filled boys weekend Ryan had been having with his friend, Josh aka Luigi. Instead of me watching two grown men aggressively shoot realistic cartoon figures, Ryan told me to give his wife (whom I had met once for about two seconds) a call and meet her, so I did. Whit was doing some shopping at Wal-Mart, so I met her there. The rest is history. We’ve been best buds ever since, and whether it be Black Friday Shopping, a wine night, running, or a trip to NYC, we always have a blast.

Me and Whit...One of our finest moment!

Me and Whit…One of our finest moments!

I think one of the greatest things about my closest girlfriends is that fact that they are not all just beautiful women on the outside, but they are unbelievably beautiful on the inside. Whit is no different. She always finds a way to pick me up when I’m having a down day. Today is a perfect example. I went into work bright and early and started the countdown to 5pm immediately….I could not wait to get home to my couch to actually relax..and then I was pleasantly surprised! Whit had stopped by on her way to work to give me a much needed hug and a cheer me up present! While I love the presents (our favorite guilty pleasures: wine, truffles, candy, trashy magazines…and a super fun blow up hippo), it was the hug I was most thankful for and the hug I needed the most. I think we all underestimate the power of the hug…it is one of the greatest things we can give another being. I am so thankful for Whit, not just on days like this, but every day!

Bottom Line: I am not sure what I did right in this world to have the friends I have, but I do know I couldn’t make it without them.

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One thought on “Rants, Raves, and Whitterbug!

  1. Whitney B. says:

    Awwww, Katie!! What a sweet post! A couple comments:

    First, I would like to clarify to your readers that the lovely pictures of us is from a normal night out. That’s how we look all the time.

    Second, I am praying for Grandma Rosie – and that whatever God wants for her will fill her and your family with peace.

    Finally, I’m so glad an 8:00 am hug worked to sunny up a blah day. And I know you would have done the exact same thing for your friends as well!

    Ok, I’m done hogging up your comment space. Love you!

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